You’ve still got a few days to go before you can get your hands on your very own Galaxy S5 (at least in most places), but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start looking at some of the accessories you might want to snag to help enhance your GS5 experience. Like last year’s Galaxy S 4, the GS5 lacks native support for wireless charging, but just like with the GS4, an optional backplate can easily add the ability. While we were waiting around until June of last year before the GS4’s Qi-compatible back became available, Samsung is already accepting pre-orders for the GS5’s version.
The good news is that this year’s solution is quite a bit more affordable than last year’s; while you had to pay $40 for the GS4’s wireless charging back, the GS5’s is only $30. That said, the Samsung-branded charging pad is now $10 more expensive at $60, as if to make up for the difference – luckily, since it uses the Qi standard, you can use any compatible charger, and there are plenty available for half what Samsung’s asking, if not less.
Both white and black covers are currently available for pre-orders. If you’re interested in an S-View cover with wireless charging support, Samsung also has that up for pre-order, again in black and white, and priced at $70.
How many of you soon-to-be Galaxy S5 owners are planning on going the wireless charging route with your new smartphones?